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Update Extended Break

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Dear Vilas Community,

Thank you for all your patience and understanding during this challenging time for our school district. As you are aware, Governor Polis on March 18 issued an Executive Order directing all schools to suspend in-person instruction through April 17, 2020, in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus. On April 2, 2020, the Governor extended the in-person instruction closure through April 30th. Additionally, you should be aware that the governor has indicated that there is a high possibility in-person instruction will not resume this school year.

As a result, changes will be necessary for some important educational functions, such as the number of teacher-pupil instructional hours, special education and graduation requirements.

Waivers for instructional hours

The Colorado Department of Education has waived the minimum number of school days and teacher-pupil instruction hours normally required under state law. Instead, districts must make every effort to provide alternative learning opportunities during this time. For Vilas, this means that we are not expected to extend the school year or start early next year to make up for lost in-person instructional time.

As a result of the possibility of an extended period of disruption on in-person instruction, we will continue with on-line and virtual learning. These processes will evolve and improve at each grade level and for our schools.

Services to students with special needs

Our schools will make every effort to provide appropriate special education and related services for students with disabilities. We have been given some flexibility on how to provide these services, so we are developing creative ways to meet the needs of individual students with disabilities based on the nature of each student’s disability.

To support students with identified IEP-related services, we will work with our schools to determine whether it is appropriate to provide alternative services or delay services in coordination with students’ parents and IEP teams. We may also determine whether we can make up for a gap in access to the curriculum or delay in services with additional services in the future.

Graduation considerations

Graduation requirements across Colorado are locally determined by school districts and charter schools. This means that we have flexibility to adjust requirements for the class of 2020 based on this unprecedented time of disruption to our schools. We are currently reviewing each senior’s progress towards meeting those requirements and will communicate individually (collectively if/when appropriate) with each student to ensure timely notification of completion or lack there of for graduation.

We are also looking into alternative options to the in-person graduation ceremony for the end of the school year. The governor has suggested that it will be unlikely that we will be able to conduct traditional graduation ceremonies and we want to ensure that our students and families still have a way to mark this important occasion.

Thanks again for your support during these difficult times.


Vilas School District

Vilas Student Remote Learning Pickup

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Vilas Students and Parents,

We appreciate your patience, understanding, and support as we navigate through these unprecedented events. We know these are unusual times, and we hope that you are able to have quality time with your families during this break. While our physical buildings will be closed, our administrators and staff are committed to continuing learning and providing learning experiences for our students in the weeks to come.

Our plan is to have students come to the school on Monday, March 30th to clean lockers, pick up personal items, and collect their resources for remote learning, which will include instructions and packets from teachers on how students will access their education. Students need to bring all fundraiser paperwork, library books, textbooks, and athletic uniforms to return to the district at this time. Please come during your time slot below. When entering through the front doors, please stay in your own hall (High School/Junior High students in High School hall and Elementary students in Elementary hall) and remember to please follow social distancing, separation from others by 6’, etc. Please plan to be out of the building by the end time by your student’s timeslot.

Monday, March 30th


8-8:30-Allenbaugh family, Ferch family

8:30-9-Starlyn Hetrick, Trinity and Thatcher Meltabarger, Gabriel Bishop

9-9:30-Emma Pruitt, Colter Painter,

9:30-10-Paquin family, Jace Clark, Elliott family, Alejandro Moreno

10-10:30-Wittler family, Bethy Sullivan, Brooks family

10:30-11-Nelia and Osman Yanes, Rous and Katherin Ramos, Jeffer Sabillion

11-11:30 Hebberd family, Damien Johnson, Gardea family

11:30-12 Kingston Mayfield, Tasia Blackwell, Scaman family, Guiterrez family

1-1:30 Pettinger family, Gutierrez family, Thompson family

High School

8-8:30-CC Charette, Josie Riseling, Matt Negrete, Dalton Hilton, Katie Babb

9-9:30- Logan Visage, Hannah Wittler, Keyen Nusser, Adams family

9:30-10- Elliott family, Greison Miranda, Gile family, Freedom Waalkes

10-10:30-Wittler family, Brooks family, Ambria Mills, Daisy Chantez

10:30-11-Zeke Wills, Ethan Barwick, Alex Grahn, Colby Dukes

11-11:30-Hebberd family, Raelyn Sandoval, Marcus Sandoval, Gardea family

11:30-12-Scaman family

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time. Our priority is the health and wellness of our students, families, and staff. We are all in this together and will work hard to do what is best for everybody involved. In the meantime, enjoy some additional time with family, rest, and stay healthy. If you have questions or concerns, please call the district office at 719-523-6738.


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Parents/ guardians:
At Vilas School District , there is no higher priority than the safety of our students, staff, and community. The COVID-19 situation is quickly evolving, and we are watching the situation very closely and are in contact with State and area health departments, the Colorado Department of Education, nearby school districts, and other authorities. The ever changing guidance we receive and quickly changing circumstances make it difficult for the experts to give us long term directions. So, we will continue to monitor the situation and will make informed decisions about the school as we are directed/ as needed. We expect further guidance from our government by the end of this week if not sooner. We appreciate your patience and understanding with this matter. Please stay safe and healthy during these interesting times, and as usual, feel free to contact Vilas School District with any questions or concerns.Corey Doss
Vilas School District RE-5
Office-(719) 523-6738


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UPDATE – March 14, 2020
Vilas School District RE-5 is actively monitoring the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) situation and its impacts both locally and statewide. Please note: We will update information as official decisions are made. Any community information received from other sources should not be considered official Vilas School District RE-5 information. The situation is rapidly evolving and we continue to receive and monitor information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) as well as information from the Governor’s Office and Department of Education. Our plan is to continue to monitor and follow current and updated orders. 

Currently, CHSAA has cancelled all activities, including athletic practices through April 6th, 2020. In line with these decisions, we have cancelled all before or after school facility use of buildings by the community and any before or after school district related activities until April 6th ,2020. We will re-evaluate these decisions as appropriate. It is important to note that there is potential and probability for school closure. As of today, March 14, 2020, school is expected to resume Monday March 23, 2020 at the conclusion of our scheduled spring break. We will continue to work diligently behind the scenes to ensure that if closures occur, we have plans in place. We will continue to provide updates when they are available.
Thank you for your support!


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The Colorado High School Activities Association, following the most recent recommendation of state and federal health officials, has announced changes in the spring sports and activities schedules. 

“In light of Governor Jared Polis’ announcement Monday (March 16) afternoon where new restrictions were mandated to slow the advance of the COVID-19 virus narrowing the minimum standards for public gatherings, we are announcing that the Association will follow the guidelines that went into effect at 8:00 a.m. today and will remain in effect for 30 days,” CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said. “This media and school advisory is to keep the membership apprised of the latest decisions from the CHSAA office.” 

These updates include:• The Spring Sports moratorium is extended through April 18. CHSAA encourages schools to set stricter standards on student gatherings outside of the high school.• All CHSAA Music Events have been cancelled for 2020.• The CHSAA Hall of Fame, scheduled for April 14, has been cancelled.• The CHSAA Legislative Council meeting, scheduled for April 15, has been postponed pending changes in the public gathering restrictions.• The State Speech Tournament and Student Leadership Advisor U have been postponed until later in the spring pending changes in the public gathering restrictions.• The CHSAA office will remain closed until March 30, with staff working remotely from home.

The CHSAA will recognize individual participants from the CHSAA State Basketball Championships with a memento in the coming weeks to recognize their leadership and resolve during that week.

National and state decisions related to the COVID-19 virus are changing daily, even hourly, so new updates will be posted on and communicated via email to schools and media.


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The South Baca School Districts (Campo, Pritchett and Vilas) are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will adhere to guidelines that are recommended. As of today, 3-14-2020, there are no confirmed cases in our community and our prom does not exceed the 250 attendees requirement for cancellations so we are planning to continue with prom plans. We will continue to monitor the situation and notify everyone if there are any changes to this plan.